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Admissions Policy

Although the DMS admission process is easy and straightforward, it is also very precise and time sensitive.

The DMS program starts a new class of fifteen (15) students each September. Online applications become available at the end of October and must be submitted no later than February 1st. Late and incomplete* applications will be denied – no exceptions.

*A completed application includes official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.  High school students must send official HS transcripts.

All basic skills, English as a Second Language (ESL) courses and prerequisites (see below) must be completed by the application deadline (Feb. 1), and a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required.

Basic Skills courses

If necessary, according to your Accuplacer Exam results. Please review the Office of Testing website for details and waiver information.

Prerequisite Courses for application to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

  • Algebra (prior degree or Basic Skills Algebra course satisfies this requirement)
  • Anatomy and Physiology 1* (BIO 109 at BCC)
  • A college level Physics course* (PHY 185 at BCC)

*Both science courses must be four credits with a lab and must have been completed within the past five (5) years of application to the DMS program

*Current senior high school students may apply to the program only if they have taken or are currently enrolled in Advanced Placement Biological Science AND Advanced Placement Physics.  AP test documentation will be required.  High School algebra is also required. If high school prerequisites are not satisfied, the student must apply to BCC and follow the program prerequisites stated above.

Application to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Current BCC degree seeking students must submit a “change of curriculum” form.

First time applicants to Bergen Community College, or current non-degree seeking students should complete a Direct Application on-line.

Applications are reviewed the first week of February. Letters will be sent regarding the acceptance or denial of the application. If an application is denied, information stating the reason for denial will be included.

Criminal History Background Check

When it is determined that the applicant meets the admission criteria, they will receive an email and a letter from the Dean of Health Professions regarding the completion of the Criminal History Background Check (CHBC).  The letter will provide the information needed to complete the process electronically and must be initiated within five (5) days of receipt of the letter. The cost for the background check is approximately $70.00. Please note that the CHBC is a requirement of the accrediting agency of our clinical education centers and not Bergen Community College.

The applicant will not be permitted to proceed with the application process if there is ANY infraction on the CHBC.

HESI Admission Assessment Examination

When a clear criminal history background check is received, the applicant will be invited to take the HESI Admission Assessment Examination (a standardized exam for Health Professions.) The HESI exam is currently administered by Prometric Testing Centers. They will receive a letter from the DMS Program Director with detailed information regarding the testing procedure.

HESI  Admission Assessment Examination - Diagnostic Medical Sonography Modules:

  • Science
    • Biology (AP HS students only)
    • Anatomy and Physiology (college students only)
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Personality Profile
  • Learning Style

The top fifteen (15) scorers on the HESI Admission Assessment Examination will be invited to start the program in September.

If you have any further questions regarding the admission process, please contact:

Professor Christine Henkel, MS RDMS
DMS Academic Department Chair/Program Director
Email: chenkel@bergen.edu